Broadway World Interviews Alfie Boe

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Broadway World Interviews Alfie Boe

Fabulous interview with Alfie about Trust and Mr Selfridge, encompassing Les Mis, La Boheme and everything in between.

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Alfie Boe to Appear at Caudwell Children’s Butterfly Ball

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Alfie has today been added to the line-up (Kylie Minogue is also to appear) of the Butterfly Ball which is to take place at the Grosvenor Hotel, London on 15th May.  The event is held annually in aid of the charity Caudwell Children which raises money for practical and emotional support for disabled children across the UK.

Alfie, like many other stars, is well known for his charity appearances and support. His last tour programme lists seven main charities: Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Ambassador), Nordoff Robbins (Ambassador) and Patron of TF Willets Foundation, Trinity Hospice, Huddersfield Youth Opera, Tenovus and the Blackpool Male Voice Choir.  Recently, a fellow group of fans and I took part in an online tea party to support the Put The Kettle On fundraising campaign of Trinity Hospice, which supports people with life limiting illnesses in Alfie’s part of the world, the Fylde Coast.  In addition, each year, Alfie’s fans raise thousands of pounds for Nordoff Robbins by donating money for Alfie’s birthday.  Laura Wright, another NR ambassador, has just completed the London marathon for the charity – how about it for next year Alfie???

Alfie also regularly takes part in other charity events such as the Butterfly Ball.  An example of one such event is SymFunny which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th June in conjunction with Parkinson’s UK (click here for more info). Sadly, Alfie was not able to appear at this year’s Sunflower Jam event, but here he is performing at the 2012 concert (click here for details of the DVD):

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The Crazy World of Flo Bannigan

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crazy world of Flo Bannigan is an introduction to a multi talented young singer by the name of Flo Bannigan. Flo takes every opportunity she can to sing and perform and has just finished a run in a youth production of Cats where she was the youngest principal in the company, in the role of Jellylorum.  Her next project is a straight acting role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I first became aware of Flo through her mum, Debbie, although it is Flo, rather than Debbie, who is the huge fan of Alfie Boe.  Actually,Flo is more a fan of Alfie’s classical repertoire but I don’t hold it against her…after all, the classical albums won the thoughtsofjustafan viewer vote for favourite video (click here for the results).
Anyway, Flo has been a fan of Alfie since she was tiny, loves his opera (favourite is La Boheme which links with her musical theatre obsession because she is a big fan of ‘Rent’), loves his musical theatre (Les Mis is another obsession and its a huge regret to her that she grew too tall to audition for the role of little Cosette, that’s what happens when your dad is 6ft 4!) but isn’t so fond of his more recent incarnations because – as she said – if she wants to go to see a rock band she’ll go to see a rock band. You can blame her dad for that too because he raised her on Pink Floyd and takes her to rock concerts – just last year she saw Bruce Springsteen at the Ricoh Arena and he also took her to see the Stones in Hyde Park.  So, accepting that she believes Storyteller to be a low point for Alfie, she enjoyed Trust much more and – as a singer songwriter herself – wants to encourage him to produce more original material and take a risk with his own writing too.  She is looking forward to his next album and hopes he includes more classical material. And she is also looking forward to seeing him on the next tour.
  One of the high points of Flo’s relationship with Alfie was when she sang ‘The Impossible Dream’ with him at Symphony Hall,          Alfie FloBirmingham. It was a thrill to be on stage with him but it was also a special night because she met another young singer, Beth Ford,   who was also asked to sing with Alfie. Beth is a little bit older than Flo and Flo was blown away by her pure, soprano tones. She has  been following Beth’s career ever since and when she wrote ‘If I Could Escape’ which is featured on her ‘Crazy World’ EP, she  imagined Beth singing the slow version of the song and hopes one day Beth will do so.  Luckily for us, we have video of Flo and Beth singing with Alfie at the Birmingham soundcheck.  Check out James Morgan and Alfie’s appreciation of the girls voices!
Flo has been interviewed twice on the Vic Minett show on BBC Radio Coventry and Warks and on both occasions Vic has chatted about the fact that Flo mentions Alfie as one of her biggest influences. Flo was dead chuffed when Vic arranged for Alfie to send a special message to her while he was on Vic’s show publicising Trust, especially because she hadn’t been able to get to a local signing as she had to go to school:
Now, as if all this wasn’t impressive enough, as the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  As already mentioned, Flo is a singer songwriter and has just released her self penned EP, Crazy World (www.flobannigan.com/crazy-world/).  This is a collection  of songs that she wrote and recorded last year and as she is changing all the time, the material she is writing at the moment (for the next EP, we hope!) sounds very different. if you visit Flo’s website, www.flobannigan.com you can sign up for a free download of her most popular song, I’m Wide Awake – a must listen if you are a morning person!   Even better, she has her own record label, Angry Baby.
Some of you might well be asking at this point why she isn’t signed up to a major record label.  Well, the answer is that she is self-releasing them on her own label because she is far too young for anyone to want to sign her seriously and she doesn’t want to be signed as a ‘freak show’. Luckily for us, she just likes making music and enjoys sharing what she does.
For the future, Flo is keeping up her interest in classical music and has regular singing lessons to make sure her voice is properly trained. She knows she isn’t the finished article yet and – although girls voices don’t change like boys do – she is aware that she has a long way to go before her voice is fully developed.

Flo is a future star so go and check out her site!

Easter Memories with Alfie Boe

Easter in 2013 was a bit earlier than in 2014, which meant that we were all done and dusted by the end of March. In the UK, this coincided with the coldest winter and spring for 50 years – it was bitter! However, for those of us who are Alfie Boe fans, this meant we had plenty of time in which to stand around the various stage doors of Alfie’s first arena tour, Storyteller. The one that springs to mind is the Royal Albert Hall which was perishing but lovely as we all had time to chat. Many people had come a long way to see Alfie, including Margie from Australia and Roberta from New York (click here for their Alfie story) and waiting at stage doors became a way of chatting with fans we had previously only met online.
Easter Sunday last year was 31 March and Alfie’s tour date that night was in Plymouth. There is not as much YouTube footage from this one as some of the other tour dates and so it is one of those that tends to be overlooked. Let’s put that right. This is one of my favourite songs from the Storyteller tour, Jim Hendrix’s Angel:

By the way, some readers have asked how I choose the video clips for the blog. There’s no mystery about it, they’re just the ones I like the best and that fit with the required theme! If anyone wants to suggest videos for future blogs, please share by commenting here xx

Les Mis on Britain’s’ Got Talent

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Heard of Collabro yet?  Well, if you haven’t, where have you been this week?  Collabro are the boy band featured in the first episode of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT).  At the time of the audition they had only been together for a month, a fact that had the vast majority of us, particularly and perceptibly, Simon Cowell, groaning at the thought of the awfulness that was to come.

And then they started to sing…and it was not awful at all, it was …wow! The choice of song, Stars, from Les Miserables was unexpected but, dare I use an overused word, inspired?  After all, BGT has previous form for propelling singers of Les Mis songs to superstardom, even if they don’t go onto win the show.  Additionally, by using one of the less famous songs, there was less chance of the audience comparing them to the well known version. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock this week, here here is Collabro singing Stars:

It now remains to be seen which song the band choose for their semi-final appearance; do they choose another Les Mis song, something from another musical or something else altogether?  Apparently, Collabro, or Richard in particular, cite one of their influences as Alfie Boe.  Alfie’s definitive song is Bring Him Home, from Les Mis and we know that this song lends itself beautifully to an arrangement for at least four voices as showcased by The Four ValJeans at the end of the Les Mis 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 in 2011.

While we wait to see what the future holds for Collabro, lets take another look at the master of Bring Him Home, Alfie Boe: This performance is from Alfie’s Storyteller tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

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Happy Easter Alfie Boe Fans

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If you celebrate Easter as a religious festival or just enjoy eating chocolate eggs, this time of year is a Happy one.  Alfie is home in America at the moment, getting ready for the US release of Trust, although he has unfortunately hurt his back – get well soon Alfie!

As most fans will be aware, Alfie is from a strong Christian background and has often spoken of his faith and what it means to him.  He has also released a CD, Onward, which showcases Alfie singing hymns and spiritual songs.  Alfie sang one of these, Be Still My Soul, during the Songs of Praise Big Sing 2012:

Happy Easter!